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TWO SISTERS FROM ARDSLEY INSPIRE OTHERS THANKS TO PROJECT BELL
ALEXA SPAR, AGE 16, ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO CELEBRATE TREATMENT, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND NEW BEGINNINGS
Ring this bell,
Three times well,
It’s toll will clearly say,
My treatment is done,
The course is run,
And I am on my way.
That’s the poem engraved on “New Beginning Bells” donated to cancer and organ transplant centers by Alexa Spar (age 16) and her sister Isabella Spar (age19) through their 501(c)(3) non-profit “Project Bell.”Alexa recently presented at our July Town of Greenburgh board meeting, providing an overview and update on Project Bell and receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Board.. In 2016, the young sisters experienced watching their mother ring a bell after radiation treatment for a life-threatening brain tumor. They personally saw the tremendous positive impact the bell ringing ceremony had for their mom and other patients. Learning that only a handful of hospitals had these bells, the girls decided that others should be able to have the same experience and thus founded the non-profit Project Bell. Patients ring this special bell after they complete their treatment, signifying accomplishment, celebration, and new beginnings.This Ardsley based non-profit has grown tremendously over the past seven years. Under the sister’s co-leadership, Project Bell has become a 501(c)(3) organization that has donated over 100 bells in North America, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Every year it is estimated over 120,000 people ring a bell donated by Project Bell signifying a new chance at life.Alexa has also expanded the non-profit to not only include cancer centers, but also donate bells to organ transplant programs. Over the past two years she has spoken at bell dedication ceremonies throughout the United States and met with organ transplant recipients, altruistic organ donors and medical staff. She has teamed up with the organ transplant organization 'Donate Life' to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.Alexa told the Board that while it takes a lot of work to run a non-profit organization, she loves to meet the community impacted by the bells. Through back-and-forth emails, zoom calls, and dedication ceremonies, connecting with this community has proved itself to be extremely satisfying.Alexa expressed that they are always looking for teens who want to help spread the word about Project Bell and organ transplant awareness. Since the non profit is solely funded by monetary donations, they would love any help to get donations so the project can continue.For more information about Project Bell or to donate to the project, visit our website: www.projectbell.org. Alexa and her sister Isabella have made a positive difference in the lives of many people.
PAUL FEINERGreenburgh Town Supervisor